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Transportation secretary embarks on tour to drum up highway bill support
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx kicked off a weeklong bus tour April 14 that will take him through eight Midwestern and Southern states.
April 16, 2014 – Pit & Quarry

AEM initiative promotes construction industry to head to Washington to support new federal highway bill
Through I Make America, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is launching a new initiative to encourage its members and the hardworking men and women of America's construction industry to fly-in to Washington D.C. and support a new federal highway bill.
April 15, 2014 – OEM Off-Highway

Highway fund bankruptcy now projected for August
The Department of Transportation (DOT) on Tuesday moved up its projected bankruptcy date for the trust fund that is used to pay for road and transit projects, saying it will now run dry by the end of August.
April 15, 2014 – The Hill

New NAM Poll Says Voters Want Candidates Who Support a Simpler Tax Code
In advance of Tax Day, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is drawing attention to how significant tax reform is to American voters. In a new poll released today, voters say they want policymakers to work together to enact a simpler, fairer tax code.
April 14, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

DOT Chief Foxx promotes infrastructure investment with bus tour
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is getting ready to tour portions of the U.S. with the goal of promoting infrastructure investment.
April 11, 2014 – Better Roads

Senate has six-year highway bill in the works
Surrounded by what she called "the big four," Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced they have come to terms on the next highway bill.
April 10, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Little movement on gas tax increase in Iowa
Efforts to raise the state gas tax in Iowa to fund road and bridge repairs appear to be falling short once again.
April 9, 2014 – Brownfield

Interstate tolling gains new enemy in big-business group
There's no question about the need to find a way to fund repairs to highways and infrastructure across the nation, particularly after an especially harsh winter left potholes and other damage on countless roads.
April 8, 2014 – Better Roads

Distributors Head to the Hill to Promote Equipment Policy Priorities
Scores of equipment distributors from across the country stormed Capitol Hill on April 2 and 3 for the AED/NAEDA 2014 Washington Fly-In.
April 8, 2014 – AED

Murray: 'Threat is growing' of Highway Trust Fund bankruptcy
The Senate Democrats' top budget writer said Tuesday that the "threat is growing" of a bankruptcy in the Department of Transportation's Highway Trust Fund.
April 8, 2014 – The Hill

Mileage-based user fees could be coming to North Carolina
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will begin considering mileage-based user fees (MBUFs) this week as an alternative future source of revenue for transportation projects.
April 4, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

More Americans would designate taxes to infrastructure than national defense or health care
If given the choice, more Americans would be willing to designate taxes to infrastructure than to national defense or health care, according to the results of an April 2014 Reason-Rupe poll.
April 4, 2014 – Better Roads

Senate passes farm equipment bill for 2nd time
The state Senate passed for a second time Tuesday a bill that would let farm vehicles exceed current weight limits up to a point without their operators having to obtain special permission, sending the proposal to Gov. Scott Walker.
April 1, 2014 – The Daily Reporter

Boxer: Congress 'running out of time' on highway funding
The chairwoman of the Senate committee that oversees infrastructure projects said Thursday that Congress is "running out of time" to approve legislation to prevent a bankruptcy in the Department of Transportation's Highway Trust Fund.
March 27, 2014 – The Hill

31 state chambers push for 5-year transportation bill
Several state chambers - 31, to be exact - are urging Congress to pass a five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill.
March 26, 2014 – Better Roads

Hawaiian Lieutenant Governor Calls on Congress to Address National Transportation Funding Crisis
With the Highway Trust Fund projected to become insolvent this year, the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution, cosponsored by Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, calling on Congress to, "Develop a shared, long-term vision for surface transportation."
March 26, 2014 –

Senate EPW to hold hearing on MAP-21 reauthorization
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on MAP-21 reauthorization on Thursday morning.
March 26, 2014 – Better Roads

DOT's new Counselor to Secretary Dan Katz to help agency push for long-term transportation bill
The newest name in transportation policy is Dan Katz. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has hired Katz as the agency's counselor to the secretary, Politico reports.
March 20, 2014 – Better Roads

TCC's "Hardhats for Highways" campaign urges Congress to fix Highway Trust Fund
A group of associations and labor unions is working to alert Congress to the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) - the main source of highway infrastructure funding, which could run out as early as August.
March 13, 2014 – Better Roads

State Senators Approve Implements of Husbandry Bill
The Wisconsin State Senate approved SB509 on a voice vote on Tuesday afternoon. Known as the original implements of husbandry proposal, the bill aims to standardize the rules farm equipment operators must follow when driving larger implements on roads and highways.
March 12, 2014 – Wisconsin Ag Connection

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